I love face masks. Two or three times a week, IĀ slather on a naturalĀ face mask after showering to pamper myself. Currently, I have two favourites that are excellent for my somewhat sensitiveĀ skin. I have more masks in my bathroom cabinet, but I’m only reaching for these two at the moment.
Bali Papaya Rice by Artifact Skin Co.
I discovered Artifact Skin Co. at the last One of a Kind Show in Toronto. The pretty packaging drew me in. I asked the husband-and-wife team behind the Canadian brand who designed them and it turned out they did. Elie and HaraeĀ met at architecture school so they both have design backgrounds. Their masques are made in small batches using high quality ingredients, and inspired by different beauty traditions around the world.
Harae picked the Bali Papaya Rice masque for my skin type. This masks gently exfoliates as well as brightens. It smells sweet and delicious, which makes using this masque every week a treat.
While cruelty free, it’s not completely naturalā99.4% of the ingredients are of natural origin. The one ingredient which isn’t is theĀ Acrylates/C-10 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer, a thickenerĀ used to prevent lumps. I do hear they are trying to make their masques 100% natural.
I use the blue spatula to scoop product onto my hand to prevent water from mixingĀ into the jar. I leave the masque on for about 15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
Resurfacing Mask by Tata Harper
When I don’t feel like my skin needs extra exfoliation, I use Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask. Ā If you’ve read my other beauty posts, you probably know that I’m a big fan of the brand. I’ve been hooked on this mask ever since I tried it from theĀ discovery kit.
The first time I used this mask, I was surprised by the immediate results. My skin looked noticeably brighter; I was glowing. The mask is 100% natural, cruelty/gluten/fragrance/everything bad-free.
After washing my face, I apply a thick layer and leave it on for 30 minutes. The directions advise 10 minutes for sensitive skin. You can use this mask once or twice a week.